Every time you raise your voice
I see the greener grass
Every time you run for cover
I see this pasture
Every time we're in a funk
I picture a different choice
Every time we're in a rut
This distant grandeur

My tendency to want to do away feels natural and
My urgency to dream of softer places feels understandable

The only way out is through
The faster we're in the better
The only way out is through ultimately
The only way out is through
The only way we'll feel better
The only way out is through ultimately

Every time I'm confused
I think there must be easier ways
Every time our horns are locked I'm towel throwing
Every time we're at a loss, we've bolted from difficulty
Anytime we're in stalemate of final bowing

My tendency to want to hide away feels easier and
The immediacy is picturing another place comforting to go

The only way out is through
The faster we're in the better
The only way out is through ultimately
The only way out is through
The only way we'll feel better
The only way out is through ultimately

We could just walk away and hide our heads in the sand
We could just call it quits, only to start all over again
With somebody else

Every time we're stuck in struggle, I'm down for the count that day
Every time I dream of quick fix I'm assuaged
Now I know it's hard when it's through
And I'm damned if I don't know quick fix way
But formerly mistreat me silence now outdated

My tendency to want to run feels unnatural now
The urgency to want to give to you I don't want most feels good

The only way out is through
The faster we're in the better
The only way out is through ultimately
The only way out is through
The only way we'll feel better
The only way out is through ultimately

The only way out is through
The faster we're in the better
The only way out is through ultimately
The only way out is through
The only way we'll get better
The only way out is through ultimately


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Out Is Through Lyrics as written by Alanis Morissette

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    I think she's just saying that you can't just ignore problems because it would be easier - sometimes you just have to let yourself go through the pain.

    CakeAndSodomy69on August 16, 2005   Link
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    It's obvious that she's talking of a relation failing from both ends, but does she plan on ending up out of the relationship, or is she hoping to find new meaning on the trip through, and ending up in this same relationship, with a better level of understanding? Either way it's a song to listen to, if not for the meanings, then at least for the music, and the performance! Excellent work.

    Nanoson March 24, 2005   Link
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    I think this is about realising the need to work at a relationship. For the first part of the song everytime they have a dissagreement she wants to end the relationship. But in the end she realises they just need to push through, and resolve the problem, rather than just giving up.

    Hisoeon April 23, 2005   Link
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    I love this song.

    I think that anyone part of a team - be it a relationship or some kind of relationship where you are required to work with other people - can take this as their team song. It speaks of not giving up no matter what happens. No matter how difficult things get, you\'re still part of a team.

    In romantic relationships:

    \"The urgency to want to give to you what I want most feels good...\"

    It\'s sacrificing what she wants to be able to give the guy what she wants. And knowing that the guy is happy, she\'s happy too and it feels good.

    ixtheneon April 23, 2005   Link
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    ...what *he wants...

    ixtheneon April 23, 2005   Link
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    Hmmm, this song, I simply love it..

    It kind of reminds me of my reation with one of my best friend (a guy ;)) I don't know why, but it does.. Maby because he can be such a pig sometimes(and we can rwally fight as cats), and I allways realize that he means really much too me and forgives him (can't be angry with this guy for a long time ^^)

    Vildaon May 30, 2005   Link
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    This song really helped me through a time in my life when it would have been easier to just turn a blind eye to the challenges that were facing me. It opened my eyes to the fact that the only way to truly deal with something is to tackle it head-on.

    abey85on August 16, 2007   Link
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    Al studied in India. And =what= she studied (at least in part) is being consciously aware of what she feels about what's going on in her life.

    The theme of "conscious processing" pops up again and again in her lyrics (see "Break," "Everything," "Fear of Bliss," "Flinch," "Joining You," etc., none of which could have been written without the use of "process").

    Al adds to that her conceptual awareness of the mistaken beliefs our culture has and that we adopt from it via our parents, our playmates, or teachers, our team mates, our coaches, our leaders, the media, even song lyrics.

    Here, she's actually directly adressing the process itself, using language I recall from the human potential movements literature of the '60s and '70s.

    naughtmoseson September 10, 2009   Link

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